Whisky Magazine Issue 73
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Dominic Roskrow fires 20 of the best latest in the line of Jack Daniel's master distiller's, Jeff Arnett
DOMINIC When did you hear that you had got the job and was it expected?
JEFF It was first discussed with me about two years ago, but the job offer wasn't made until Jimmy Bedford announced his intention to retire at the end of March of this year.
When I came to work for Jack Daniel's, I never dreamed I would ever become the next master distiller. So, I was certainly surprised when I was approached about the position.
DOMINIC What did it mean to you?
JEFF It was a huge honour to even be considered for the master distiller job at the Jack Daniel Distillery, but to be selected as the next master distiller at Jack Daniel's was an indescribable feeling.
DOMINIC What's your background and what career route brought you to this position?
JEFF I went to college and received a bachelor of science degree in engineering, and then I spent 10 years working in the food and beverage industry before joining Jack Daniel's. My first job at the Jack Daniel Distillery was as quality control manager which included quality checks from the incoming cave water and grains (corn, barley malt, rye) and also included oversight of the shipping process of all of the bottles of Jack Daniel's. It was the perfect job by which to learn the entire whiskey production process and taught me how to manage the consistency in quality expected from our loyal friends around the world.
DOMINIC Is this a typical route for previous distillers at Jack or has each one appointment been different?
JEFF Each appointmen...